Sunday, 3 February 2013

My battle with the squirrels goes on.................................................................

Last weekend I replaced a couple of my feeders... I should have known better than to buy plastic.
I don't get to see the garden during the week... my first chance came yesterday afternoon and low and behold the squirrels had chewed the new feeders to bits.

I have just purchased this metal one... the see through tube is plastic though.

It cost three times the price of the plastic ones... lets see if it lasts a bit longer.

I am well aware of the squirrel proof ones on the market but I don't like the cages that keep the squirrels out as I can't get clear shots of the birds with my camera.

24 comments:

Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

Hello:
We are so pleased to have discovered your blog, via our friend, Kirk [Dale], which affords us such wonderful glimpses into the English countryside when you are out and about with your camera. All a long way from Budapest!

We have signed as Followers.

Gary said...

But you've got to admire the squirrel's persistence. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Scriptor Senex said...

I find those wire cages discourage the birds as well.

Kirk Dale said...

Here we put up bird feeders on our balcony and although the squirrels visit - they never destroy them.

Maybe the reds are not as destructive.

Mind you, we suspect that they stole a couple of seed balls a while back, but then the Jay's could have rigged it to make it look as though the squirrels 'did' it...

Kirk

PS
I do like your robin photographs! Mine always seem to be blurred.

Brian King said...

I don't much like the cages, either. Hopefully, your new one will get a bit more mileage. Love the robin!

holdingmoments said...

A tough battle with the vermin Andrew.
The expensive feeders work better than the cheap ones tho'.

TexWisGirl said...

yeah, it's never ending, for sure...

Anni said...

I completely understand this dilemma of birds vs. squirrels. I'm hoping that your new one WILL last longer. Beautiful robin [it is a robin isn't it?]

Anni said...

ps....as my comment was loading to your page, I saw your photo of your grandson in the post below. Priceless.

ADRIAN said...

As Keith says spend twenty pounds on a feeder and then nothing on an empty beans tin and a six inch nail. His squirrel proof is going strong nearly a twelfe month later.
Squirrels are entertaining and they need to eat too. If you catch one they taste all right roasted for forty minutes.

Dave said...

Good luck with this one Andrew, I have at least 3 Squirrels now and my patience is wearing thin.... birds are starting to stay away, then the cats come to cahse the Squirrels!

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

As you already know, my only solution was implementing the relocation plan. It works.

Roan said...

The robin is gorgeous. We put out cobs of corn for the squirrels. So far they have left our feeders alone.

Dave said...

I'm thinking of taking a welding class and making stainless steel feeders...what do you think?

Pat said...

I hope this one works for you!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Good luck with the new feeder! Gorgeous bird in that second shot.

DeniseinVA said...

Good luck with your new bird feeder, it looks very nice. I'm in the market for a replacement and am trying to find one that is 'squirrel proof'. Is there such a thing I wonder with those rascally little varmints. Love the photo of the robin.

HansHB said...

A lovely bird, great photos!

mick said...

Great photos and good luck with your battles with the squirrels.

Larry said...

Love your Robin Andrew. Good luck with the squirrel problem. I find that the metal feeders last much longer.

eileeninmd said...

Your robins are so darn cute! I would love to trade a few of our American Robins for some of your cuties. Great shot!

Carole M. said...

Hi Andrew; hoping the new feeders hold tight; lovely photos as always. Enjoy seeing your birds from the other side of the world

Stewart M said...

Very nice robin - "Anything designed by the hand of man, can be undone by the teeth of a squirrel" - Ancient Saying from NE Somerset!


Cheers and thanks for linking to WBW

Stewart M - Melbourne

Neil said...

Nice photos hope the feeders last.